Date Posted: September 29th, 2008
This week’s new subscriber welcome goes out to Nigeria, where Seth Magaji of the Gombe Media Corporation and Shola Matthew from Arup Nigeria recently signed up. We welcome them to the FRW community! We also send a special greeting to all those who will celebrate Eid Ul-Fitr this week. Happy Eid!
This week in the news, we bring you a story on a topic many readers wanted to hear more about – genetically modified (GM) crops. In South Africa, the Agriculture and Research Council has made an application to introduce a GM potato into the commercial market. Our story describes the reasons that the GM potato was developed, and the reasons that potato farmers say they’re not interested. Next, we present a story examining the implications of Europe opening its markets to baobab fruit. Finally, there is a news flash on the outbreak of a bovine disease in West Africa.
We are pleased to once again give our readers the first look at a new Farm Radio International script package. Package 85 was produced in collaboration with the Africa Rice Center (WARDA), and focuses on rice production and seed management. We offer a sneak peak at the first script in this package: “Select only your best rice seed with flotation and manual sorting,” which offers very practical advice on how to identify and discard poor rice seeds.
If farmers in your area are also experiencing any of the challenges described in this edition of FRW, why not visit the FRW website (http://weekly.farmradio.org/), to offer your insight by posting a comment. The comments section is also a great place to share your opinions on issues in the news. We look forward to reading your posts
-The Farm Radio Weekly Team